Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cooking, Baking and Eating!

Last weekend the Hubs and I headed down to Eastern Market to get our hands on some great Michigan produce.

We came home with a haul!

For dinner that night I made Acorn Squash soup

and for dessert, roasted nectarines with slivered almonds

which we ate over ice cream

This whole week, I've felt so behind with work and trying to get our yard in order for the coming winter. I've been so behind that I almost forgot about my pending Daring Kitchen challenge!

The September 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mandy of "What the Fruitcake?!", Mandy challenged everyone to make Decorated Sugar Cookies based on recipes from Peggy Porschen and The Joy of Baking.

I have to say that I almost didn't do this challenge. The sugar cookies were no problem, it's the decorating part. I can not decorate a cookie to save my life. Slab on some frosting, sure! So I went the easy route and colored my cookie dough and made First Day of Autumn cookies!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fawning Over - 9.17.10

This week I'm fawning over...


The fair city of Ferndale, Michigan will be hosting the 3rd Annual DIY Street Fair this weekend. Beer Garden, Bands and Crafters galore. More information can be found at the Fair's Website. I will be volunteering at the event this year.


In case you didn't realize, Christmas is only SIX paychecks away! This necklace from Etsy Seller Lana0Crystal will be on my wish list!


Last Sunday, the 12th marked my first wedding anniversary to my dear husband. I so love how our wedding photos turned out. Our photographer Amy Boeve did an amazing job and would love to work with her again for some family photos one day.


This year was our first try at having a vegetable garden and we have tomatoes up the wazoo. Smitten Kitchen posted this seemingly super easy recipe for homemade pasta sauce I might need to try out.


On our last Ikea outing I picked up a couple of these vases. They look really cute grouped together with a few small blooms or alone with one statement flower.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

wall art

Now that our living, dining and kitchen have all been painted (pictures coming soon) I'm been thinking about what to put on the walls. We have a few things up now, like some of our wedding pictures. I love the idea of something like this!

monkey & squirrel on Etsy

the spiced pear on Etsy

These seem like they would be pretty easy to make, especially the second ones. Maybe it's time for a trip to Joann Fabrics to look for supplies!